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National Security Through Renewable Energy

12 Apr 2012  |   Lea Brumfield

The Pentagon yesterday announced a new series of clean- and renewable-energy initiatives as part of its long-term “Operational Energy Strategy” to reduce the military’s dependence on fossil fuels.

The initiatives include:

  • Developments in fuel-efficient combat vehicles involving fuel cells, hybrid systems, battery technologies and alternative fuels.;
  • Renewable energy purchases to power domestic Army and Air Force bases, a move already taken by Navy bases last year;
  • Research investment into energy-storage devices that could be used to transport renewably-created power onto the battlefield.

The military currently consumes 90 percent of all the energy used by the federal government.

“The significant strides toward renewable power are seen as operation-necessary, financially prudent, and mission-critical,” said Jon Powers, Director of Outreach for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Energy Initiatives Task Force.

Read the White House Press Release.



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